Monday, February 18, 2013

Super Easy Spikey Bow Tutorial

Sunday morning as I was getting Miss O ready for church, I put her in the cutest little grey and pink dress. It was super sweet. Her hair needed to be pigtailed up and out of her face, but when I got done, I could only find one pink bow. We know that we can not go out of the house without a bow! I mean what a terrible catastrophe!

So I had a little less than a half hour to be in the car on our way and thought, I will just make her some. Now I will side note here that I buy bows from a few different boutiques around. I can not even attempt to do beautiful loopy boutique bows. What I ended up with was a spikey bow.

You can use different widths and types of ribbon for this, I just happened to have some thin silver ribbon on hand. Ruffled Ribbon would be cute too, if you can find it. I may just make some instead.

Want to know how to make an easy Spikey Bow?

Materials needed :
Ribbon - 12 strips roughly the length of how big you want the bow to be. My smaller piggy bows were about 3 inches long
Thread - any color- wont be seen
Small felt
Attachment clip - barrette, alligator
Hot glue
Pearl- beads- jewels- buttons (Optional)

Tutorial --

Take a needle - the thicker and longer the better. Thread it but double the thread. (sorry no picture, but just thread it and pull both ends to the bottom and knot it)

Then start with you strips of ribbon. I cut 24 pieces because I was doing piggy bows. Don't forget to quickly heat seal the ends or they will fray. I didn't do this because I was in a hurry and didn't want to go find our lighter. Towards the end of the day I realized the importance of it. So don't skip this step.

Pick up a piece and pinch it in the middle.

Put your needle through the pinched part and slide your ribbon to the bottom of the needle, however keep it on the needle.

Continue with all 12 pieces, turning them various directions.

Once all pieces are on the needle, slide them all at once on to the thread. Its best to have a flat surface to for them to press against.

Thread your needle back through the top through all the pieces back down to the bottom. Pull taunt, but not too tight.

Cut the needle off and take your two threads and tie them in a knot a few times. (I think I did twice)

Place a small dab of glue on the back and attach a small piece of felt.

Attach your clip of choice to the felt.

Turn to the front and you can be done, or do as I did and add an accent. You can add a button, jewel, pearl, etc. The sky is the limit.


Easy peasy. I whipped these up in less than 30 minutes.

What do you think? You like? The variations can be endless. If you want fuller bows, just cut more strips or use a thicker ribbon. You can always cut the ends of each ribbon to change the look as well.

Definately going to be making more of these, so easy! But I will leave the beautiful boutique bows to the experts. :)

Until next time,

Keep Calm......and Spike it up!

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